Folate Vs. Folic Acid – And The Critical Difference It Makes in Your Health


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Do you know the difference between folate and folic acid?  There is  is a vast difference between these two nutrients.  Folate is naturally found in food, and carries with it no known downside.  Folic acid, on the other hand, a synthesized compound, carries with it potential serious health risks.  As folic acid researcher David Smith, PhD, a professor of pharmacology at the University of Oxford in England, said in the Prevention magazine article which triggered public concern over this B vitamin, “Unlike folate, folic acid isn’t found in nature, so we don’t know the effect of the excess.” 

At Designs for Health we fully understand and appreciate the critical roles in regard to health that folates play, including facilitating proper methylation for optimal genetic expression, and lowering the risk of neural tube defects and cardiovascular disease, both associated with elevated homocysteine levels.  We, thus, encourage the addition of folate-containing foods as part of a healthy diet.

Important sources of folate

  • leafy green vegetables
  • fruits
  • legumes
  • liver
  • eggs
  • dairy products
  • orange juice

However, it is often difficult to obtain therapeutic amounts of many nutrients strictly through the diet, which is where supplementation steps in.


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 About Tracy Konoske, MS, RDN

meet_tracyFor the past 20 years, Tracy has served as a dietitian/nutritionist and educator to hundreds of patients throughout the US on their journeys to restoring health, and optimizing well being. 

Tracy has a passion for helping others heal, fueled by her own recovery from Chronic Neurological Lyme, Chronic Fatigue, Epstein Barr Virus, SIBO, and anxiety. 

Tracy says "I have the deepest respect and passion for the healing abilities of the human body.  Each day, I witness miracles when the body is provided optimal fuel:  a nutrient dense, whole, plant foods diet combined with any necessary lifestyle changes.  A talented teacher, known for explaining complex medical topics in plain English, Tracy will assist you in restoring your health and your freedom.  

Tracy helps people with chronic & mystery illness restore their health